A collection of reviews of films from off the beaten path; a travel guide for those who love the cinematic world and want more than the mainstream releases.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Montreal Dead End (2018) Blood in the Snow 2018
The premise of the film is an old curse comes to pass and the gate to hell is opened if it isn't closed in 24 hours the world will end. As people race to close the gate mischief happens as people are turned into zombie of ax wielding maniacs, bodies are switched and nature runs amok.
That the film works as well as it does is due to two thing, first it has a wicked sense of humor. Playing things for laughs as much as scares the film doesn't take itself seriously with the result that it allows itself to wander all over the city with all sorts of crazy ideas which actually work.
The other thing that makes the film work is that the film ties it all together. Despite being little scary stories about the weird things happening around the city everything is tied together. Bits build on each other, if not in the foreground but the background so it isn't one and done, on to the next it's a building stream that takes us to a conclusion. It something most other anthologies don't do and we are worse for it.
I loved MONTREAL DEAD END. I was sitting in a restaurant with a friend talking about covering the Blood in the Snow Film Fest and I said I had pretty much watched everything they had screeners for except MONTREAL and I was burnt out. I wanted to skip the film. He was shocked and said- "No you have to see it. Its one of the best anthologies you'll see. Actually its one of the most fun horor films you'll see all year."
He was right. MONTREAL DEAD END is a blast. Its a joy to watch and one of the top films at Blood in the Snow Film Fest.
Go see it.
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